Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | September 29, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | September 29, 2018
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Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have a big backyard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

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So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This now is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Thanks for the photo, Lisa Michele!

Today is one of the best days to get outside with your furry, little friends. Temperatures will sit in the 60's throughout the day, so it's ideal weather to spend the day at a local dog park.

Thanks for the group photo, Amy Tracy-Flowers!

If you can't make it out to any of the local dog parks today, well, you're in luck. Not only is Saturday going to be a pleasant day but Sunday will be too. It'll be about 10 degrees warmer, but still nice enough to spend much of the day at the dog park. Overall, this is one of the nicest weekend's we have had, so get out and take advantage of the beautiful weather.

Where has the time gone? On Monday, it'll officially be October! That means we'll only see cooler temperatures from here on out, right? Well, not quite. After wrapping up a record breaking month as far as overall warmth and precipitation, we'll enter the first week of October with temperatures around 5-10 degrees above average. This basically boils down to temperatures flirting with 80 degrees for much of the week. On top of the temperatures, rain will be likely on Tuesday and later in the week. Another good reason to take advantage of this weekend and enjoy this fall weather while we still have spurts of summer.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Get outside this weekend! The weather is going to be great for you and your pets to take a stroll this weekend.
  • Your pups may get a little soggy next week with the rain expected, so plan your longer walks between rounds of rain.
  • Temperatures flirt with 80 degrees next week, so make sure you keep your pups hydrated!

Each week, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.